October 5, 2018

posted Oct 3, 2018, 2:24 PM by James Falletti   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 2:27 PM ]

As discussed in class, after reading the Future City Competition Program Handbook, I have come to understand that it would actually be better to work on the Future City Essay first while working on your research. Why? On page 30 of the Future City Competition Program Handbook it gives you a list of questions that you need to answer your essay, which then builds the creative foundation needed to plan and design your Future City - leading your team to then build your actual city to scale.

Homework: You and your Group must complete the questions from Page 30 of the Future City Competition Program Handbook on your Google Doc that has been shared with everyone in your group through Google Drive - and start your first draft of your essay. All documents must be submitted through your Google Account which should be labeled: Grade and Section + the group number and Future City Project as it is provided here 7B-2 Future City Project 


What is Future City?

posted Oct 3, 2018, 2:08 PM by James Falletti

What is Future City?

Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, public spaces, and green energy. The 2018-2019 theme is Powering Our Future! Teams will design a resilient power grid for their future city that can withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of a natural disaster.

Participants complete five deliverables: a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model built from recycled materials; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the Finals in Washington, DC in February. After completing Future City, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, but also poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.

Engineering and so much more

This flexible, cross-curricular educational program gives students an opportunity to do the things that engineers do—identify problems; brainstorm ideas; design solutions; test, retest and build; and share their results. This process is called the engineering design process. With this at its center, Future City is an engaging way to build students’ 21st century skills. Students participating in Future City:

  • Apply math and science concepts to real-world issues

  • Develop writing, public speaking, problem solving, and time management skills

  • Research and propose solutions to engineering challenges

  • Discover different types of engineering and explore careers options

  • Learn how their communities work and become better citizens

  • Develop strong time management and project management skills

Future City Competition Video

posted Oct 3, 2018, 1:47 PM by James Falletti

Future City Competition Video

April 13, 2018

posted Apr 11, 2018, 1:34 PM by James Falletti

Today we continued to work on our in-school Lunar Colonization Project. As a reminder, the project was due the final week of April, but has been pushed ahead to the 1st week of May. You still have  A LOT of work to do, but you can do this. I am still noticing that your binders are not being completed, which may have affected your grade already. You can bring that grade up by completing all work and assignments. 

Remember that in order for your Lunar Colony to work, you need to incorporate ALL must haves that we discussed, which include:
  • Water (H20)
  • Oxygen (O2)
  • Shelter/Living Space
  • Waste Management
  • Recycling Plants
  • Gravity
  • Transportation
  • Government
  • Factory/Industry
  • Education
  • Heating/Cooling
  • Energy Sources
  • Recreation Area(s)
  • Maintenance Workers
  • Security
  • Fire
  • Hospital/Doctors

I am attaching a great video released by NASA about our Moon. Check it out. 

NASA Video Tour of the Moon in 4K

March 16, 2018: Lunar Colony Project

posted Mar 14, 2018, 10:40 AM by James Falletti

Lunar Colony Project: 7th Grade

Moon Colony Specifics: Feb. 21, 2018

posted Feb 21, 2018, 11:01 AM by James Falletti

Staying Alive

Think of traveling to the Moon as going camping with the nearest store several million miles away. If you didn't bring it, and can't make it, you'll have to do without. To prosper, your Moon Colony will need to "solve" the problems listed below (more or less in order of importance).

  1. Air Supply -- If you run out, you're in big trouble.

  2. Water Supply -- Where is the next drink of water going to come from?

  3. Food Production -- Will you grow your own, or live on freeze-dried Big Macs?

  4. Waste Management -- Recycling is key and nothing can be wasted.

  5. Heating and Cooling -- How does the colony keep from freezing to death?

  6. Energy -- Will you rely on solar, atomic, or wind energy, or on something else?

  7. Living Quarters -- Above ground or below the surface?

  8. Factories -- How do you make the thing you need?

  9. Transportation -- How are you going to get around on the Moon? Walk, fly, or drive?

  10. Communication -- How will you stay in touch with the folks at home?

  11. Laws and Government -- Who's in charge?

  12. Recreation Areas -- All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Build It on Paper

Students are capable of creating complex and thoughtful designs with littlemore than a pen, pencil, graph paper, and imagination. It's not absolutely necessary to understand every detail of a system's operation to incorporate it into your Moon Colony's plan. A waste recycling center could be as simple as a box labeled "Waste Conversion," or it could contain detailed plans for filtration beds, atmospheric CO2 scrubbers, and the works. A side benefit of this process is that kids begin to learn the basics of blueprint and map reading.

Students in the group may draw on many sheets of paper before he arrives at a design that they are happy with. Once the design has been created, students will build a 3D Model of their Moon Colony.

A rough scale model of the colony can be built using found objects ranging from blocks, cardboard, and Lego pieces, to recycled plastic soda bottles and plastic cake and pie covers for domes. As in any project involving imagination and discovery, the sky is literally the limit.

Welcome to the Moon!


posted Feb 16, 2018, 7:46 AM by James Falletti

Today we further discussed your Project Moon Colony assignment. Moon Colony is a project-based learning program where students in Middle School  imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future, but not here on our home planet Earth, but on the Moon. Here are the facts about the project:

  • Project is tentatively DUE April 30, 2018

  • Students have been broken up into three (3) groups

  • One (1) student has been selected  as a project manager

    • Each Group Leader MUST create a digital folder to share with each person in his/her group, as-well-as with myself at

  • One (1) Binder is needed: 1.5”

  • Students will research a specific section of the moon where they would want to build their colony. Remember that once a section has been selected by one of the 6 teams (7A and 7B) that area will be closed.

  • Websites to use, but not limited to just these websites DO NOT USE WIKI

  • Research the following information, ideas, and questions:

    • Facts about the moon

    • History of the moon

    • Terrain (Coastal, Mountains, Desert, etc…)

    • Climate

    • Natural Resources

    • Gravity

    • How many missions were made to the moon from earth

    • How many humans made it to the moon

    • When was the last moon landing

    • Temperature

    • Why are there so many craters

    • Can the moon sustain life

  • What is the challenge you will try to solve?

  • What Solutions have they tried?

    • What has been tried?

    • Success/Failure

    • Reasons

  • What will you try to do? Why?

  • Each group will create a persuasive trifold Brochure on why people should move to the moon (more information will be provided)

  • Each group will create a presentation on Google Slide or a Video about their Moon Colony and how it has changed with your ideas and innovations

  • Each group will present a graphic rendition of their Moon Colony

  • Each group will build a portion of their Moon Colony, so follow these instructions:

    • Your group has a cap of $100.00 for their project. Your team must keep a detailed list of everything spent on building this project. NO TEAM MAY EXCEED $100.00.

    • Teams should look for recycled materials to keep the cost down.

    • Each group MUST build their Moon Colony on a piece of Plywood. Talk to each team to split the difference.

    • Communicate with each other and each team

    • Their needs to be at least two (2) moving features

      • Electric

      • Mechanical

      • Hydraulics

      • Other

    • Include Energy Sources

      • Wind

      • Solar

      • Water

      • Nuclear

      • Renewable or Non-Renewable Resources

      • Other

    • Teams may use the following materials and objects to make their projects meet the creativity or ART aspect of STEAM by using:

      • Lights

      • Model Material (trees, bushes, animals, people, etc…)

      • Paint

      • Wiring

      • Cars

      • Other

December 8, 2017

posted Dec 8, 2017, 9:35 AM by James Falletti

Log in to with the credentials that I gave you in class and practice. Here's how you're going to get graded each week.

  • Play Four (4) to Seven (7) Days with 10 Battles per day to get an "O"

  • Play Three (3) days minimum with 10 Battles per day to get an "S"

  • Anything less than three (3) days and less than 10 Battles per day will result in a lower grade

  • Not logging in and practicing will result in a Zero (0)

Bonus Points for anyone who practices Five (5) Days with 10 Battles over the Christmas Break

Also - students need to bring in a one (1) subject notebook to class every week.

  • write your username and password for both your email, prodigy, and any other school program that you use.

  • use the pages as a doodle notebook where you can

    • write out the problems from prodigy as scrap paper

    • design and create ideas for the makerspace

    • brainstorm

November 17, 2017

posted Nov 17, 2017, 1:43 PM by James Falletti

Today we worked with Google Classroom for the first time ever! I hope that you can see all the amazing possibilities and opportunities it provides.

  • No more having to print your papers - just turn it in Google Classroom.

  • No more forgetting what the assignment is - it's posted in Google Classroom

  • No more turning in projects late - there's a strict turn it in policy

  • No more losing your work or missing assignments - everything is digital and submitted in Google Classroom.

Your 7B Class code is as follows: 174hor

Your assignment has been posted and is due by 8:00 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.

You can also access Google Classroom by Logging into your Corpus Christi School Email Account --> go to Google Drive --> Open the Google Apps (Nine Dot Square on the top right of the screen) --> Click more and open Google Classroom.

You can also download the FREE Google Classroom App for your tablet and smartphone.

Click on the link provided below and find an article that interests you. Once you found and read the article, then Type a brief 2 - 3 paragraph response using Google Docs and share it to Google Classroom.

Answer some of the following questions in your response (remember that some of these questions may not be available to answer):

  • What was the article about?

  • What's the title of the Article?

  • Who wrote the article?

  • When was the article written?

  • Why did you choose the article?

  • What did you like about the article?

  • What did you learn about the article?

  • Why is this article important to science/technology?

Some More Information:

  • Title the File (if not done automatically) First Name Last Name Article #1

  • Use MLA Format: Times New Roman, 12 Font, Double Space.

  • Header: Name, Mr. Falletti, STEM/Technology, Date Due (22 November 2017)


  • I attached a sample page of how to set up your Document. Use it if you need help.

October 13, 2017

posted Oct 13, 2017, 8:19 AM by James Falletti

Google Slide Practice (Due Friday, October 20, 2017)

Create a Google Slide presentation in class about yourself! You must include the following information:

  • Six (6) Slides or more

  • File Name: Class Last Name Google Slide Project (7B Smith Google Slide Project)

  • Share the File with me (

  • Be creative: use photos, images, graphics, colors, etc…..

  • Slide One (1) Title Page with a catchy Title and Your Name

  • Slide Two (2): About you

    • When were you born

    • Where were you born

    • Family History

    • Etc…

  • Slide Three (3): Your Likes

    • Food and Beverages

    • Sports? Games?

    • Music

    • Clothing

    • Etc…

  • Slide Four (4): Your Dislikes

  • Slide Five (5): Your Friends

    • Tell me about your friends and why they are your friends

  • Slide Six(6): Your Future

    • What do you want to do after Corpus Christi School

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